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Worldwide, the trafficking of human beings for purposes of forced labour, criminal activities or sexual exploitation affects around 24 million people. Socio-economic instability, gender inequality, poverty or war are some of the reasons which can prompt the victims' vulnerabilities and give organised crime margin to act.
At today's Foreign Affairs Council, Ministers discussed – amongst other issues – the external aspects of migration. EU cooperation with partners was one of the key topics: joint work by the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations in Libya which has helped more than 37,000 persons to return safely to their countries of origin shows that the partnership approach continues to deliver.
Election Observation is a highly visible demonstration of international commitment to supporting democracy and promoting respect for human rights around the world. The EU and other international and regional organisations deploy Election Observation Missions globally but these missions are also increasingly exposed to public scrutiny and new challenges. High Level Conference co-hosted by the European External Action Service and the European Parliament brings together partners from around the world to discuss the Future of International Election Observation, key challenges and opportunities.